Photography Subjects In The Meadow

Written by Gina Stephens

Likeness taken by David Pritchard using the Tamron 18-270mm PZD lens. 

Meadows spring up every summer and if you can find one near to where you spirited, they make a fantastic broad photography subject. They're a haven for wildlife as well as wildflowers. Here are some top tips for photography in the meadow. 


Be Cordial

Often meadows are home to rare species and so it's a must to be careful in the surroundings. Don't go chopping down flowers to improve the shot, and don't try to get hold of or move any insects or wildlife that reside there. Depending on the size and density of the plants in the meadow meadow is a field habitat vegetated by grass and other non-woody plants (grassland), staying around the edges may be the best near. Sometimes, if the flowers and grasses aren't too tall it's pretty easy to pick your way through. 



As mentioned, meadows are a haven for a stacks of insects, the most popular of these being butterflies. They're easily spooked and are liable to fly off at any second so a fast shutter speed and the facility to focus quickly onto the subject are both necessary. The best time to photograph flying insects is in the morning or late afternoon as the heat of the day begins to die down, as they remnants still for longer during these times. The wildflowers in the meadow provide the perfect backdrop for some butterfly photos. 



Many wildflowers including  the common poppy, cowslip, daisy and buttercup grow in the meadow, along with lots more. All these wishes make great images of the single flower but they will also combine to make a colourful landscape shot or the backdrop for foreground concern engaged, such as a portrait or pet photo. A wide aperture is ideal to isolate the flower from the background and blur any distractions out but still leave the colours there. 

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Depictions and Pet / Animal Photos

Meadows make a beautiful background for portraits of groups or people on their own. Shots from the back of people walking along at sunrise or sunset is the commonplace meadow image that comes to mind but you can experiment with different compositions to make your image pop and stand out, Well behaved dogs can be pull the plug oned to sit surrounded by flowers for an artistic image. If you're quiet at dawn and dusk (perhaps without the dog) then you may be lucky enough to see rabbits or hares, calm sometimes foxes roaming among the flowers. A longer lens such as the Tamron 150-600mm will be ideal for this kind of work. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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